W. J. Meyers


The Federal Constitution, Art. IV., § 2, cl. 1, declares that "The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states." Of this clause Alexander Hamilton wrote: "It may be esteemed the basis of the Union"; and more than seventy years after it had gone into effect, Judge Denio said of it, in deciding the great case of Lemmon v. People, "No provision has tended so strongly to constitute the citizens of the United States one people as this." It is the purpose of this inquiry to ascertain what are the "privileges and immunities of the citizens" of a state to which, when within it, the citizens of every other state are entitle.